Umberto Clerici began studying cello when he was five and later he attended the classes of Mario Brunello, David Geringas and Steven Isserlis. Alredy prize winner at many international competitions, Umberto is the the second Italian cellist to have won a prize at the renowned “Tchaikovsky Competition” in Moscow (2011).
As soloist he debuted at the age of 17, playing Haydn’s D Major cello concerto in Japan, and has since played with an array of renowned orchestras internationally including St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Philharmonia Wien, Russian State Orchestra of Moscow, "I Pomeriggi Musicali” (Milan), Zagreb Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Umberto has performed as soloist at at the Carnegie Hall in New York, Musik Verein in Vienna, the great Shostakovich Hall of St Petersburg and Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. In 2003 he debuted at the Salzburg Festival and in 2012 he performed Tchaikovsky's “Rococo variations” with conducted by Valery Gergiev.
In 2014 he was appointed as Principal Cello of the Sydney Symphony after he had been principal cello at the Royal Opera House in Turin for four years.
Umberto plays a 1722 Matteo Goffriller from Venice.